Thursday, June 12, 2014

2014 Draft Results

Players have until Friday, July 18th to sign. Picks in the first 10 rounds in the draft are assigned pool values. The total pool value of the Mets' 9 picks from the 2014 Draft's first 10 rounds is $5,308,300. If the Mets sign all of these first 9 picks, that total represents the penalty-free money they would be able to spend. Any amount over that total would be taxed at a 75% rate. Any amount more than 5% over that total would result in the loss of future draft picks (this is a threshold that has not yet been breached by any club). Additionally, for all signings outside the first 10 rounds for more than $100,000, the overage counts against the pool total. Any unsigned picks from the first 10 rounds do not contribute their pick value to the Mets 2014 pool.

RndPlayerSigning BonusPool AllotmentDifferenceOfficial?
1Michael Conforto$2,970,800$2,970,800$0 - Pool ValueYes
3Milton Ramos$750,000$651,700$98,300 - OverYes
4Eudor Garcia$305,000$453,600$148,600 - UnderYes
5Josh Prevost $100,000$339,600$239,600 - UnderYes
6Tyler Moore$280,000$254,300$25,700 - OverYes
7Brad Wieck$100,000$190,600$90,600 - UnderYes
8Dash Winningham$175,000$159,600$15,400 - OverYes
9Michael Katz$100,000$149,000$49,000 - UnderYes
10Kelly Secrest$10,000$139,100$129,100 - UnderYes
11Connor BuchmannUnknownUp to $100,000UnknownYes
12Alex DurhamUnknownUp to $100,000UnknownYes
13Erik Manoah$300,000Up to $100,000$200,000 - OverYes
14Darryl KnightUnknownUp to $100,000UnknownYes
15Gabe Llanes$300,000Up to $100,000$200,000 - OverYes
16Joel HuertasUnknownUp to $100,000UnknownYes
17David RoseboomUnknownUp to $100,000UnknownYes
18Raphael Ramirez$150,000Up to $100,000$50,000 - OverYes
19Bryce BeelerUnknownUp to $100,000UnknownYes
20James DuffUnknownUp to $100,000UnknownYes
22William FulmerUnknownUp to $100,000UnknownYes
24Tyler BadamoUnknownUp to $100,000UnknownYes
25Nicco BlankUnknownUp to $100,000UnknownYes
27Alex PalshaUnknownUp to $100,000UnknownYes
29Matt BlackhamUnknownUp to $100,000UnknownYes
30Tucker TharpUnknownUp to $100,000UnknownYes
31Kurtis HorneUnknownUp to $100,000UnknownYes
39Arnaldo BerriosUnknownUp to $100,000UnknownYes
40Dale Burdick$150,000Up to $100,000$50,000 - OverYes
Pool Total $5,290,800$5,308,300$17,500 - Under

* For this chart, I am only counting official numbers in the bonus, pool, and difference totals.
* Pool allotment only counts pool amount for the first 10 rounds, so bonus contribution for overslot 11th+ rounders is just the overage (e.g. Manoah adds $200,000 to the "Signing Bonus" column).

Thanks to everyone who tweets, e-mails, etc to help me put this list together & keep it updated. Hat tips, especially, to @WexlerRules, who is an absolute must-follow this time of year, as he is routinely the first person in my twitter timeline to sniff out signings before they have been reported. Also thanks to @PSLToFlushing, @nymets945, @tobyhyde, @MitchNYM, @DanDotLewis, @RealKenDick, @JohnMackinAde, and obviously @jimcallisMLB, @JonathanMayoB3, and all the folks at @BaseballAmerica.

Players in bold have officially signed.



RndPickPlayerPosSchool (Class, if college)BA Top 500
110Michael ConfortoOFOregon State (Jr)8
384Milton RamosSSAmerican Heritage HS, FL48
4115Eudor Garcia3BEl Paso CC, TX 160
5145Josh PrevostRHPSeton Hall (Sr)140
6175Tyler MooreCLouisiana State (Jr)Not Ranked
7205Brad WieckLHPOklahoma City (Jr)Not Ranked
8235Dash Winningham1BTrinity Catholic HS, FLNot Ranked
9265Michael KatzOFWilliam & Mary (Jr)177
10295Kelly SecrestLHPUNC-Wilmington (Sr)Not Ranked
11325Connor BuchmannRHPOklahoma (Jr)Not Ranked
12355Alex DurhamRHPSouthern Alamance HS, NCNot Ranked
13385Erik ManoahRHPSouth Dade HS, FL390
14415Darryl KnightCEmbry-Riddle (Jr)Not Ranked
15445Gabe LlanesRHPDowney HS, CA380
16475Joel HuertasLHPColegio Carmen Sol, Puerto Rico391
17505David RoseboomLHPSouth Carolina-Upstate (Sr)Not Ranked
18535Raphael RamirezOFPace Academy, GA150
19565Bryce BeelerRHPMemphis (Jr)Not Ranked
20595James DuffRHPStonehill (Jr)Not Ranked
21625Luke BonfieldOFIMG Academy, FL187
22655William Fulmer2BMontevallo (Sr)Not Ranked
23685Richard MoeskerRHPTrinity Christian Academy, FLNot Ranked
24715Tyler BadamoRHPDowling (Sr)Not Ranked
25745Nicco BlankRHPCentral Arizona JC, AZNot Ranked
26775Tommy PincinCUpland HS, CA342
27805Alex PalshaRHPSacramento State (Sr)Not Ranked
28835Keaton McKinneyRHPAnkeny HS, IA80
29865Matt BlackhamRHPMiddle Tennessee State (Jr)Not Ranked
30895Tucker TharpOFKansas (Sr)Not Ranked
31925Kurtis HorneLHPMilne Community School, CanadaNot Ranked
32955Chris GloverRHPRockwall HS, TXNot Ranked
33985Brady PuckettRHPRiverdale HS, TNNot Ranked
341015Jordan HandCShadow Ridge HS, NVNot Ranked
351045Jonathan TeaneyRHPQuartz Hill, HS, CA334
361075Garett KingRHPOrange Lutheran HS, CANot Ranked
371105Tristan GraySSElkins HS, TXNot Ranked
381135Kyle DunsterRHPGreenwich HS, CTNot Ranked
391165Arnaldo BerriosOFBeltran Baseball Academy, Puerto RicoNot Ranked
401195Dale BurdickSSSummit HS, TNNot Ranked

Savannah Man

I was recently sifting through old posts I'd started but never finished or finished and never published, and I stumbled across this one from mid-February 2012. I called it "Savannah Man", mostly because that kinda rhymes with "Piano Man" (whose tune I borrowed), but also in reference to the Mets' A ball affiliate, which to me is a perpetual symbol of the hope of youth coming up through the farm before they've had a chance to succumb to the reliable attrition of the cruel minor league ladder. Looking back I want to give the poor bastard who wrote it (early 2012 me) a big hug. A few of the player references are obviously dated, but nearly all of this still applies today. Which is so, so sad. I think I just felt a cosmic hug from 2016 me. Oh well, let's go Mets.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

2014 Spring Training

(Updated 3/27/2014)

Players in Mets MLB camp (32)

Under Contract (7)
1. SP Bartolo Colon (R)
2. SP Jon Niese (L)
3. RP John Lannan (L)
4. RP Jose Valverde (R)
5. 3B David Wright (R)
6. OF Curtis Granderson (L)
7. OF Chris Young (R)

Under Arbitration Contract (7)
8. SP Dillon Gee (R)
9. RP Bobby Parnell (R)
10. 1B Ike Davis (L)
11. 1B Lucas Duda (L)
12. 2B Daniel Murphy (L)
13. SS Ruben Tejada (R) - out of options
14. OF Eric Young (S) - out of options

On 40-Man, Pre-Arb, Out of Options (1)
15. RP Carlos Torres (R) - out of options

On 40-Man, Pre-Arb, Options Remaining (11)
16. SP Matt Harvey (R) - Headed to DL
17. SP Jenrry Mejia (R)
18. SP Zack Wheeler (R)
19. RP Jeurys Familia (R)
20. RP Gonzalez Germen (R)
21. RP Scott Rice (L)
22. C Travis d'Arnaud (R)
23. C Anthony Recker (R)
24. 1B Josh Satin (R)
25. OF Andrew Brown (R)
26. OF Juan Lagares (R)

Minor League Contract, $100K Retention Bonus Paid (1)
27. SP Daisuke Matsuzaka (R)

Minor League Contract, No Retention Bonus (7)
28. SP Jeremy Hefner (R) - Headed to DL
29. C Taylor Teagarden (R)
30. 3B Eric Campbell (R)
31. SS Omar Quintanilla (L)
32. SS Anthony Seratelli (S)


Breakdown by Position:
* Players may be listed under multiple positions.
--- Under Contract
--- Under Arbitration Contract
--- On 40-Man, Pre-Arb, Out of Options
--- On 40-Man, Pre-Arb, Options Remaining
--- Minor League Contract, $100K Retention Bonus Paid
--- Minor League Contract, No Bonus

Starting Pitcher (6):
--- Bartolo Colon (R)
--- Jon Niese (L)
--- Dillon Gee (R)
--- Jenrry Mejia (R)
--- Zack Wheeler (R)
--- Daisuke Matsuzaka (R)

Relief Pitcher (8):
--- John Lannan (L)
--- Jose Valverde (R)


--- Bobby Parnell (R)
--- Carlos Torres (R) - out of options
--- Jeurys Familia (R)
--- Gonzalez Germen (R)
--- Jenrry Mejia (R)
--- Scott Rice (L)

Catcher (3):
--- Travis d'Arnaud (R)
--- Anthony Recker (R)
--- Taylor Teagarden (R)

First Base (4):
--- Ike Davis (L)
--- Lucas Duda (L)
--- Josh Satin (R)
--- Eric Campbell (R)

Second Base (3):
--- Daniel Murphy (L)
--- Omar Quintanilla (L)
--- Anthony Seratelli (S)

Third Base (3):
--- David Wright (R)
--- Josh Satin (R)
--- Eric Campbell (R)

Shortstop (3):
--- Ruben Tejada (R) - out of options
--- Omar Quintanilla (L)
--- Anthony Seratelli (S)

Outfield (5):
--- Curtis Granderson (L)
--- Chris Young (R)
--- Eric Young (S) - out of options
--- Andrew Brown (R)
--- Juan Lagares (R)

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Mets 2013 Draft Results

Players have until Friday, July 12th to sign. Picks in the first 10 rounds in the draft are assigned pool values. The total pool value of the Mets' 11 picks from the 2013 Draft's first 10 rounds is $6,990,000. If the Mets sign all of these first 11 picks, that total represents the penalty-free money they would be able to spend. Any amount over that total would be taxed at a 75% rate. Any amount more than 5% over that total would result in the loss of future draft picks (this is a threshold that has not yet been breached by any club). Additionally, for all signings outside the first 10 rounds for more than $100,000, the overage counts against the pool total. Any unsigned picks from the first 10 rounds do not contribute their pick value to the Mets 2013 pool.

RndPlayerSigning BonusPool AllotmentDifferenceOfficial?
1Dominic Smith$2,600,000$2,840,300$240,300 - UnderYes
2Andrew Church$850,000$1,138,800$288,800 - UnderYes
3Ivan Wilson$624,900$724,900$100,000 - UnderYes
3Casey Meisner$500,000$640,900$140,900 - UnderYes
4LJ Mazzilli$300,000$441,800$141,800 - UnderYes
5Jared King$450,000$330,800$119,200 - OverYes
6Champ Stuart$300,000$247,700$52,300 - OverYes
7Matt Oberste$325,000$185,700$139,300 - OverYes
8Ricky Knapp$130,000$156,500$26,500 - UnderYes
9Patrick Biondi$10,000$146,200$136,200 - UnderYes
10Luis Guillorme$200,000$136,400$63,600 - OverYes
11Ty Bashlor$550,000up to $100,000$450,000 - OverYes
12Jeff McNeilUnknownup to $100,000UnknownYes
13Kevin McGowanUnknownup to $100,000UnknownYes
15Colton PlaiaUnknownup to $100,000UnknownYes
16Zach MathieuUnknownup to $100,000UnknownYes
17John MagliozziUnknownup to $100,000UnknownYes
18Brent McMinnUnknownup to $100,000UnknownYes
20Dan Herrmann$200,000up to $100,000$100,000 - OverYes
23Gaither BumgardnerUnknownup to $100,000UnknownYes
25Ricky JacquezUnknownup to $100,000UnknownYes
28Robby ColesUnknownup to $100,000UnknownYes
33Ryan ChapmanUnknownup to $100,000UnknownYes
34Cameron GriffinUnknownup to $100,000UnknownYes
35Ty WilliamsUnknownup to $100,000UnknownYes
36Brandon Brosher$167,500up to $100,000$67,500 - OverYes
38Paul PaezUnknownup to $100,000UnknownYes
Pool Total $6,907,400$6,990,000$82,600 - Under

Thanks to everyone who tweets, e-mails, etc to help me put this list together & keep it updated. Hat tips, especially, to @PSLToFlushing, @nymets945, @tobyhyde, @MitchNYM, @WexlerRules, @DanDotLewis, @RealKenDick, and obviously @jimcallisBA and all the folks at @BaseballAmerica.

Players in bold have officially signed.

RndPickPlayerPosSchool (Class, if college)BA Top 500
111Dominic Smith1BJunipero Serra HS, CA14
248Andrew ChurchRHPBasic HS, NV89
376Ivan WilsonOFRuston HS, LA140
384Casey MeisnerRHPCypress Woods HS, TX246
4116LJ Mazzilli2BUConn (Sr) 250
5146Jared KingOFKansas State (Jr)68
6176Champ StuartOFBrevard College (Jr)199
7206Matt Oberste1BOklahoma (Jr)120
8236Ricky KnappRHPFlorida Gulf Coast (Jr)187
9266Patrick BiondiOFMichigan (Sr)247
10296Luis GuillormeSSCoral Springs Charter HS, FL222
11326Ty BashlorRHPSouth Georgia JC, GA323
12356Jeff McNeilSSCal State - Long Beach (Jr)396
13386Kevin McGowanRHPFranklin Pierce (Jr)Not Ranked
14416JD LeckenbyRHPWashington State (Jr)Not Ranked
15446Colton PlaiaCLoyola Marymount (Sr)334
16476Zach Mathieu1BFranklin Pierce (Jr)Not Ranked
17506John MagliozziRHPFlorida (So)439
18536Brent McMinnRHPNevada (Jr)443
19566Cody CrouseRHPBloomingdale Sr HS, FLNot Ranked
20596Dan HerrmannRHPChristian Brothers College HS, MONot Ranked
21626Morgan EarmanRHPDesert Christian Academy, CA420
22656Daniel ProcopioRHPCentral Technical School, CanadaNot Ranked
23686Gaither BumgardnerRHPSouth Carolina - Upstate (Sr)Not Ranked
24716Matt BrillRHPMoline HS, IN Not Ranked
25746Ricky JacquezRHPCentral Arizona JCNot Ranked
26776Owen SpiwakCCawthra Park SS, CanadaNot Ranked
27806Austin ColeyRHPBelmont (So)Not Ranked
28836Robby ColesRHPFlorida State (Jr)Not Ranked
29866Anthony KayLHPWard Melville HS, NYNot Ranked
30896David McKaySSViera HS, FLNot Ranked
31926Ben HechtRHPSt. Anthony School, ILNot Ranked
32956Juan EscaraCMater Academy Charter School, FLNot Ranked
33986Ryan ChapmanRHPSanta Ana JCNot Ranked
341016Cameron GriffinRHPColumbus State (Sr)Not Ranked
351046Ty WilliamsRHPSeminole State JCNot Ranked
361076Brandon Brosher1BSpringstead HS, FLNot Ranked
371106Juan Avena1BCompton JCNot Ranked
381136Paul PaezLHPRio Hondo JC391
391166Logan Quimuyog1BMosley HS, FLNot Ranked
401196JB WoodmanOFEdgewater HS, FL135

2013 Mets Prospect Report: Week 9 (5/30 - 6/5)

Top Pitching Prospect of the Week

Luis Cessa, SP (A) - 7.2 IP, 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 10 K

Cessa is part of a Sand Gnats rotation that all season has been taking turns being fantastic. On the season, Cessa has tossed 53.2 innings and has struck out 50 against just 9 walks. He's been susceptible to the long ball, having surrendered 8 HRs, but clearly that wasn't a problem this past week, when he left the game with 2 outs in the 8th after collecting 10 strikeouts and allowing just 2 hits, no walks, and no runs. Cessa is one of several low cost, under-the-radar international prospects who signed under former Mets GM Omar Minaya to break out over the past two calendar years. For all Minaya's failings (and they were plentiful), he and his team did an excellent job scouring the Latin market for low-profile pitching prospects. Cessa just turned 21 this April, so his success in full season ball is more interesting than when a college guy breezes through the league's more inexperienced hitters. Highlighting one of the problems that accompanies signing 16-year-olds, Cessa will be eligible for the Rule 5 draft for a second time this year. Given his success (and assuming it continues), he may be attractive enough for another team to take a shot at hiding him in the back of a Major League bullpen for the 2014 season. After locking Hansel Robles into a 40-man spot last year, it'll be interesting to see if the Mets go the same route with Cessa, or whether they'll take their chances. If he does go unselected (or gets protected), I expect the Mets to move him one step at a time, meaning he'd start the 2014 season in the Florida State League. The Major Leagues are still very, very far away.

Age: 21
Acquired: 2008-09 International Period

Signing Bonus: Unknown (presumable minimal)
MLB ETA: 2016


Honorable Mention: